An OLTON-based support group which has helped thousands of schoolchildren overcome trauma is to mark its fifth anniversary at a fundraising Barbecue and Fun Day next month .
This Way Up (TWU) will celebrate its achievements at the event on Saturday July 9 between 12.30pm and 5pm at St Swithin’s House, Barston Lane.
Founded and run by husband and wife youth workers Pete and Mandy English with support from a team of trained specialists, TWU is working against the increasing levels of stress experienced by young people. A recent survey found that over 70 per cent of children said that they needed someone to talk to during parental separation.
Pete, TWU’s chief executive, said: “Our vision is to ensure that every young person in the UK has access to our resources to help them cope with loss whether it has been caused by parental separation, divorce, the death of a relative or even a pet.”
TWU provides lesson materials and support in group and one to one sessions in schools to enable youngsters understand their feelings and develop strategies to cope. It has trained a team of specialists to deliver support in schools and community settings.
Pete added: “We’ve had an increased number of referrals this year, possibly due to the increased pressure on couples to make ends meet. In the last academic year, we saw 101 young people, up from 89 the previous year. We are now also receiving referrals from GPs and psychologists in the Solihull and Birmingham NHS trusts.”
Tickets will cost £6, children £3, with concessions for families of four at £15. For more information, call Rachel on 07815 744 651.